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Development Tools Database Foundations Joining Relational Data Between Tables in SQL Joining Tables and Aliasing

Why use an alias for genres.name? Isn't using a keyword as a column name bad practice?

Instead, why not assign the "name" column in the genres table a more descriptive title like "genre" or "genre_name"?

1 Answer

name doesn't seem to actually be a reserved word. names is in some SQL languages.

https://www.petefreitag.com/tools/sql_reserved_words_checker/?word=name https://www.petefreitag.com/tools/sql_reserved_words_checker/?word=names

But since it's aliased as genre_name, that seems sufficient.

It probably would be best to make things more descriptive to avoid any conflicts though. I know that it's common to do that for ID fields, instead of having a field in every table called id.